Today 86% of Manhattan-bound commuters manage to travel without a private car, yet in terms of everything from street design to traffic enforcement, our city is still catering to that 14% who drives. And it’s the drivers who take up all the street space, pollute our air, make our streets unsafe. It’s patently unfair.
Well, YEAH, that is unfair. And stupid. Soooo annoying to me that the sidewalks are hardly big enough for three people abreast on Madison in the 50's, yet the 17-lane wide street only fills up with traffic during rush hour. More than just complaining (thanks for my commute venting), White has some vision for what a more pedestrian-friendly city could look like:
Ideally, the city should make Broadway car-free. It’s not as crazy as it sounds: it would be a boon for pedestrians that are currently spilling into the street , and traffic patterns would actually improve. Imagine a pedestrian friendly promenade connecting the crown jewels of Battery Park, Union Square, Times Square and Central Park. The tourism draw alone would make it worth it.
Some other folks are suggesting 42nd street be converted to a pedestrian street with surface rail.